Scott and I decided that we want to try classic cocktails and see what they're all about, and what we like. The general idea is prohibition era cocktails, but we may try some earlier ones as well. We have been thinking of doing this for a while, but we recently decided to do this every Wednesday.
The first drink we chose, today's drink, was The Bee's Knees. We picked it for several reasons: 1) we wanted a gin-based drink because we had bought a bottle gin that we wanted to try, 2) we had all of the ingredients, 3) it was something neither of us had tried, and 4) frankly, there was a video for it on 12 Second Cocktails.
The 12 Second Bee's Knees from Lush Life on Vimeo.
We did make the runny honey featured in the video, which mixes up much more easily than regular honey. It is essentially the honey version of simple syrup.
We also used the recipe from the episode, missing the lemon zest:
2 oz of Gin
3 bar spoons of runny honey (3 bar spoons=3 tsp=1 Tbsp=1/2 oz)
3/4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Stir the honey into the gin, then cover with ice, shake, strain and garnish with a lemon zest.
We wanted to try the gin because it's an American brand, and we're trying to buy things more locally. It turns out that this was the same gin used in the 12 Second Cocktails spot.
The verdict was that the gin was pretty good, but as for the cocktail, you couldn't really taste the honey. The lemon was much stronger, though maybe that's because we didn't have fresh lemons and had to use the bottled stuff. Still, overall, a decent drink.
I'm thinking the recipe from mixdrinx.com would have been a better choice, maybe even adjusted to add more since the runny honey is half water. Another time, another recipe to try, I guess.
P.S. Sorry about that autoplay ad I had on the video at first. I couldn't get it to go away until I got the video from a different source. I just found out that it looks like 12 Second Cocktails has moved over from Hungry Nation TV to Tumblr, and they're hosting their videos on Vimeo, so no more ads!